FedRAMP to Future-Ready

On April 21, the Dell Services Federal Government (DSFG) announced that it had received the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) for our cloud offering.  This authorization indicates that DSFG’s multi-tenant cloud platform — Dell Cloud for U.S. Government (DCG) — has met the security standards and requirements in accordance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

Motivated by the Cloud First initiative from the White House Office of the CIO and key strategic investments, DSFG built its cloud platform from the ground up, using best-of-breed technologies that meet all of the security and compliance controls needed by our customers for hosting FISMA moderate workloads.

This means that agencies looking to DSFG can now:

  • Host workloads with specific performance, privacy or compliance requirements, including everyday office applications and data to a FedRAMP-compliant cloud.
  • Have the flexibility and control to meet fast-changing workloads, while maintaining compliance and security with DSFG’s readily scalable, on-demand cloud service.

For our existing customers, the authorization will help DSFG empower federal agencies by helping them adopt cloud technology to meet their fast-changing workloads, gain efficiency and become future-ready.

In a recent FCW interview with Ashley Mahan, FedRAMP Evangelist at the General Services Administration, said:

“There are still misconceptions about how FedRAMP operates, and how Federal agencies still have cloud computing and security concerns. We all agree that FedRAMP is valuable and we understand federal agencies want to move to the cloud … fast.”

Dell’s approach will provide that flexibility, transparency and security and guide our federal customers every step of the way.  We have specific cloud offerings that meet specific agency needs. Ultimately, our view is that FedRAMP is not about DSFG, or any Cloud Services Provider (CSP); it’s about helping federal agencies go where they want to go and feel comfortable in the process.

I invite those who have questions about FedRAMP, what it means, and how DSFG can help, to have an open discussion with any DSFG representative.

This is an exciting time for our federal customers. While obtaining FedRAMP is important, it’s only the beginning. DSFG is now even more confident in serving our federal customers and their move to the cloud. Dell offerings in cloud help federal agencies respond to changing demands, accelerate transition to agile IT environments with visible security, and above all, gain efficiency to become future-ready.

For more information, visit: www.dell.com/federalservices.

About the Author: George Newstrom